The Hillary Trump Campaign Legacy
By the time the 2016 Presidential Campaign goes in the books, I suspect everyone will have a measure of relief that it’s over. At the same time, there will be an equal measure of distaste. Some will look up and ask themselves, “what just happened here?”
And for whoever gets elected, I certainly hope they will take inventory. Have we ever had a time in history where two presidential candidates had such high disapproval ratings? In May, before the heat really got turned up, a shocking poll showed only 31% of the American public trusted her. A whopping 66% said they did not trust her. As for Trump, he registered a 40% trust rate with 57% of the people saying they did not trust him.
Notably, these polls came before the Trump/Billy Bush tape in all its raunchy language. It came before the recent revelation that there are yet more Hillary emails on the computer of the sexting Anthony Weiner and Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin. Indeed, this campaign could be titled: “The candidate no one believed, and the candidate no one liked.”
It’s probably safe to say that America doesn’t really want either candidate. I’ve even seen blogs, posts and TV programs about how to keep your kids safe from this campaign. What does all of this say about our nation, and the state we are in? Perhaps it calls for all of us to look a bit deeper, and to relook at the foundations from where we’ve come. And perhaps, just perhaps, we need to question whether our current emphasis on individual rights should be viewed more broadly in the context of what is the common good.